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Crusaders Record First Mid-Con Series Sweep Since 2000

Saturday, April 10, 2004

For the first time since the 2000 season, the Valparaiso Crusaders have swept a Mid-Continent Conference series, defeating Oakland by scores of 5-2 and 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

The last Crusader sweep was also against Oakland at home. Valpo has also won five straight games, the longest winning streak since the Brown and Gold won six straight spanning the 1999 and 2000 years.

In the opener, Oakland jumped in front first with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Erica Judge singled up the middle with one out and Katie Jones followed with her first homerun of the season down the leftfield line.

Valpo answered in the bottom of the inning with five runs on just one hit. A leadoff walk by Stephanie Reinke (Parker, Colo./J.K. Mullen H.S.) and a fielder's choice put runners on first and second and a walk to Tricia Speziale (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) loaded the bases. Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) singled through the right side to tie the game. Another walk reloaded the bases and Valpo scored a pair of runs on wild pitches and the other on a ground out.

Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) did the rest for the Crusaders, going the distance in the circle striking out four for the complete game victory. She scattered just five hits in the win. Nicole Marzano took the loss for Oakland, allowing just two hits, but walking five and striking out four. Jones went 2-for-3 for the Golden Grizzlies.

In game two, Brittany Atteberry (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) and Gilbertson combined for the shutout. Atteberry went the first 3 2/3 innings and gave way to Gilbertson for the next 2 2/2. Atteberry returned in the top of the seventh to for Oakland into a game-ending doubleplay to get the win. She struck out two and allowed five hits, while Gilbertson gave up three.

Valpo scored in the opening inning as Reinke singled and stole second. Speziale then doubled to rightfield to plate the first run of the game. The game then turned into a pitching dual, as Korey Schluckbier went the distance for Oakland, allowing just six hits and striking out two.

The Crusaders final run came in the sixth as Reinke again reached with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) doubled to left to add the insurance run.

With the win, Valpo (13-15, 7-1 Mid-Con) moves into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Crusaders have now won nine of their last 11 ball games. Oakland falls to 9-24, 1-11.

Valparaiso will return to action on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Chicago for a 3 p.m. doubleheader against DePaul.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay